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Aspire to become a leader who stands prepared to establish order after cataclysmic events with the goal of saving lives.








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Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree strives to create devoted, skilled leaders who not only prepare for cataclysmic events but establish order in times of chaos with the goal of saving lives.

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree develops the skills and expertise necessary to learn to recognize significant hazards, analyze intelligence, respond to disasters and emergency situations, as well as the administrative responsibilities and regulations involved with this career field. The program will prepare you to make decisions, problem solve, plan, implement, and coordinate resources necessary for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from possible disasters.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security Degree Highlights

Effective emergency preparedness isn’t strictly action and response. Instead, solutions boil down to legislation and leadership. Reflecting this aspect, MVNU’s online BA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree builds its rigorous, comprehensive curriculum on these principles, emphasizing critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and effective organizational analysis skills.

With the goal of developing professionals ready to make a difference in government, private, and non-profit sectors, this degree program:

  • Provides an overview of theoretical and practical concepts involving crime mitigation, human behavior, infrastructure, and disaster planning.
  • Has students examining existing and future organizational structures for emergency and disaster management.
  • Explores disaster preparedness from a policy perspective, requiring students to gather and interpret intelligence to identify and respond to potential threats.
  • Takes a holistic approach to public safety, analyzing risk assessment, civilian and staff management, and cultural factors.
  • Examines different types of emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorism, and hazardous material exposure, and helps students develop tailored, multifaceted responses to each scenario.
  • Helps students develop strong communication, leadership, and emergency management skills.
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Tuition & Cost

$398 per credit hour**

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Program Length

21 months*

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Total Credit Hours


*Based on students beginning the program with 56 transferable credit hours and only needing the program-specific classes. Time to completion varies based on individual student circumstances and previous college experience.

**30 credit hours of the program must be completed at MVNU. Other restrictions apply. Please contact our Enrollment Team for additional information.


Courses you might take

BBA 101

Terrorism and Homeland Security

A study of the methods of terrorism (domestic and international), terrorist operations, cyber-terrorism, and the mind of the terrorist within a national response of providing for homeland security. The roles undertaken by local, state, and national agencies to respond to the threat of terrorism are given specific consideration.

BBA 201

Continuity and Crisis Management

Planning and management for organizational and business operational restoration following a crisis is dynamic. This course focuses on minimizing the impact the crisis or emergency might have on business or organizational operations.

BBA 301

Contemporary issues in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Emergency Management and Homeland Security are both fluid and quickly evolving fields. In order to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, or other areas of public safety, a number of contemporary issues must be presented and discussed. This course will identify and explore relevant issues as they arise within the context of these fields of study.

Curriculum stats/highlights

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management & Homeland Security must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of general education, all requirements for the major, and 39 upper division credit hours. Many courses fulfill more than one requirement so most majors can be completed within the 120 credit hour minimum.

Students may be able fulfill their general education or elective class requirements by transferring previously earned undergraduate credits or applying Prior Learning credits gained through job or military training. In these cases, students may be able to complete this online degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security in as few as 21 months.

The program is rooted in management, leadership, and public administration concepts and progresses into public safety and justice topics. In the process, students examine the psychological, environmental, and social aspects of emergency response and learn from real-world examples.

Additional Courses

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Curriculum

  • Student Success Strategies
  • Spreadsheets for Managers
  • Macroeconomics
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management and Leadership Techniques
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Ethics and Law
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Exercise Planning, Design, and Evaluation
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Total BA Core Hours

Credit Hours

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  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 43

How much will it all cost?

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Financial Aid

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Because the curriculum covers disaster planning and emergency management techniques for public and private sectors, this online bachelor’s degree prepares students for a number of career paths.

Two significant factors have resulted in a nationwide need for professionals with this skill set. Homeland security efforts have greatly increased since the early 2000s, and climate change is expected to worsen future natural disasters.

In turn, federal, state, local, and nonprofit emergency management organizations require professionals who can assess internal organizational structures, contribute to policymaking, anticipate potential threats and disasters, and develop successful response efforts.

  • First Responders
  • Public Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Planning Organizations
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • US Coast Guard
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Learn more about EMHS

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve the public during times of peace and crisis. Click the pre-recorded webinar link below to hear directly from the program coordinator about program structure, length to complete and cost. You will also learn more about next steps and how to connect with our enrollment team.

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